Jones con­demns ‘dis­gust­ing’ Aussies

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

BRIS­BANE — Ed­die Jones has warned Aus­tralia that the ‘dis­gust­ing, de­mean­ing and dis­re­spect­ful’ re­sponse to his side on this tour will gal­vanise Eng­land’s quest to clinch a his­toric se­ries win on Satur­day.

Eng­land are buoyed by their stun­ning 3928 tri­umph in Bris­bane and hell-bent on fin­ish­ing the job at the first op­por­tu­nity in this three-test se­ries.

As the Wal­la­bies were rocked by the loss of David Po­cock for the fi­nal two matches with a frac­tured eye socket, Eng­land coach Jones and his play­ers were seek­ing the emo­tional edge needed to ram home their ad­van­tage.

Far from be­ing con­tent at see­ing his play­ers en­act his ‘Body­line’ game plan to telling ef­fect in the open­ing Test, Jones was left sim­mer­ing with rage.

The spark was a wildly in­ap­pro­pri­ate post­match ques­tion, laden with sex­ual in­nu­endo, from for­mer Wal­laby-turned-fox Sports broad­caster Stephen Hoiles, re­lat­ing to Jones’s vic­tory cel­e­bra­tions with skills coach Glen Ella in the English box.

It fol­lowed a cam­paign of ar­ro­gant, mock­ing pre-se­ries trail­ers by the same tele­vi­sion com­pany which poured scorn on the vis­i­tors and dis­missed their prospects.

Jones erupted, say­ing: ‘You’ve seen the pro­mo­tions Fox Sports have been run­ning this week and the kind of ques­tions we get. It is quite de­mean­ing and dis­re­spect­ful to the team, so we’re not go­ing to let this op­por­tu­nity pass.’

Asked if he gen­uinely be­lieved that Eng­land have been dis­re­spected, Jones added: ‘With­out a doubt. You get that ridicu­lous ques­tion from Hoiles. You’ve seen the Fox pro­mos — they are dis­gust­ing. We don’t need ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion.

‘All I am say­ing is there’s been a dis­re­spect­ful way in which the team has been treated in the me­dia here.’

Jones is con­vinced Eng­land will con­tinue to face Aus­tralian mock­ing and goad­ing fol­low­ing their record-break­ing vic­tory in Bris­bane. ‘I am sure they are all go­ing to be lin­ing up,’ he added.

‘There has been a row of ex-wal­laby play­ers — you’ve had Hoiles, you’ve had (Si­mon) Poidevin and you have had (Phil) Kearns; (David) Cam­pese has got to be some­where. He is com­ing, for sure. I can see next week some­thing is go­ing to hap­pen.’

The chal­lenge for Eng­land this week will be to repli­cate the in­ten­sity of their heroic per­for­mance in Bris­bane — where they had never beaten the host na­tion — and to han­dle the pres­sure of be­ing within one vic­tory of a se­ries win.

Jones is con­fi­dent that he has the men of sub­stance and char­ac­ter to cope.

‘There’s good lead­er­ship in the team,’ he said. ‘You’ve got guys like Dy­lan Hart­ley, James Haskell and Chris Rob­shaw — they’ve been through the mill. They’ve been through the tough times of Eng­land rugby and they don’t want to go back there. They want to keep im­prov­ing. They want to keep win­ning.’

That is cer­tainly what they have done so far, with seven wins from seven games un­der the Jones regime. Look­ing ahead to next week­end, Jones will face a dilemma over his choice of in­side cen­tre af­ter Luther Bur­rell’s early re­moval to make way for Ge­orge Ford in Bris­bane.

But the head coach in­sisted there were no se­lec­tion is­sues to re­solve and Eng­land emerged rel­a­tively un­scathed de­spite the fe- roc­ity of the en­counter. They are set fair to take the prize they came for.

‘All we have to worry about is the next week,’ said Jones. ‘We have a great win. That is go­ing to be in the record books. That is never taken away. It is like scor­ing a Test hun­dred, no one ever takes that away from you.

‘We have done that but next week is even more im­por­tant. Aus­tralia go into next week as un­der­dogs so they are go­ing to be happy. They hate los­ing here.’ Aus­tralia will cer­tainly hate los­ing Po­cock, who is fac­ing four to six weeks out af­ter be­ing re­placed 11 min­utes from time in Bris­bane.

Head coach Michael Cheika said: ‘He played very well. We have op­tions with ex­pe­ri­ence in the back row, but we’re dis­ap­pointed to lose a player of David’s qual­ity.’

The Wal­la­bies are also await­ing bulletins on lock Rob Sim­mons’s back in­jury, which Cheika con­ceded is ‘a bit of a worry’.

Scrum-half Ben Youngs (cen­tre) sprints away with the ball in train­ing as coach Ed­die Jones shouts his in­struc­tions.

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